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9-12
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Rancho Cordova, CA
Students enrolled: 1,770

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2239 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

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(916) 294-2450
(916) 362-1447
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April 03, 2014
This is the first year International Baccalaureate is offered, and it is great. The teachers have really done a good job in developing it. I was surprised that their are many international students there that participate, and some even from other districts. Great partnership with Germany IB school, too.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
My son goes here and it's horrible. Twice now his gym locker was broke into and his phones told both times and his shoes. His bike was stole from off the rack that was locked up no security at all your kids are not safe complete nonsense and they won't do anything about it

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
Teachers do not respond timely or not at all to parents emails and phone calls.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
My school is diverse. We have a wide range of students from different back grounds. My school guides these students towards their goals and provides opportunities for students to succeed throughout their high school careers. My school develops student's academic abilities as well as recognizes their accomplishments in athletics and community service. My school is awesome.

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2013
Cordova High School has been around a long time. I do believe there needs to be more participation involvement from the parents of our students. Schools don't get "great" without parents stepping up to ensure success of both the students and the faculty. Personally my 10th grader has had issues with at least two teachers who were not acting in the best interests of the students. Some teachers apparently feel that not teaching from the book or by the book is acceptable. That does NOT work for students who need to see or read something for educational learnings. Why have books then? Some students need to read and re-read in order to retain or learn facts. Get with the program teachers and use your books! Cordova has a great campus although it's old. My child feels so much better interacting with the students at Cordova High than he did with the "elite" students at Folsom High his Freshman year. People are and should be down to earth with each other. It's not what you have but who you are. Make a difference! Go Cordova and lead the way for diversity and ethnic success while bringing education to the forefront!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
I have lived my high school experience again through my three kids, all of whom graduated from Cordova High School. I love this school and feel all the pride one would had I gone there myself. The Administration Staff cares greatly about this school and its students. I know a great deal of them are alumni themselves.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
Our daughter transfered mid-year from the school across the river after we sold our house and moved. We considered letting her stay there but can honestly say that transfering her was the best decision we made. There are so many positive changes going on at CHS that are going to put the school back on top where it belongs and with the implementation of the IB program, it's only going to keep getting better. The majority of the staff really seems to care about the students (at least from what I've seen) and there are so many avenues that students can utilize to help them further their education with college. The one area that I see where improvement can really be made is parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
I have been a teacher at Cordova High School for the past 16 years and I still love it. I also am a parent of two graduating students from Cordova High School, they are proud to be known as past graduates. GO BIG RED!!!

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2013
My son goes to Cordova high school as I did and his father and most of our family and friends. Cordova High School has a great environment and a great campus. Really preps them for college. Some of the teachers are still there. The one concern I have is bullying. I can walk through the campus and most will think I am a student since I am so short, and I can actually observe it happening. There needs to be more " yard duties". Often when they go to the restrooms, other students are there and that is a perfect place. No supervision around. Just because class is in session doesn't mean there should be no monitors out there checking the campus. My son has often times came home to share about what has happened to him verbally or to other students.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
Nestled among the rolling hills of the Hagen Park/American River Parkway, Cordova High is a beautiful open campus dotted with mature Redwoods and Heritage Oaks on the lush green campus. Opened in 1963 some of the buildings have their quirky charm of that era, but thanks to the very generous community many improvement bonds have been passed to modernize and replace many of the older structures. CHS' technology is 2nd to none with Smartboards in every classroom and the whole campus has WiFi. The athletic facilities are the envy and "the bar" for all the surrounding schools. As for the school its self, test scores continue to climb every year, and this year CHS was ranked 10/10 on it's similar schools index! The thing I like best about CHS is their emphasis on customer service; they want to develop and maintain string relationships with the community and the parents.

- submitted by a teacher
May 28, 2013
This year's similar school rankings just came out, and CHS is ranked 10 (the highest) compared to schools with similar demographics. This is excellent news! And, Cordova is ranked right in the middle (5) compared to all high schools, regardless of demographics, in the state. What this means to people looking for a palce live and rear their families is of all the affordable neighborhoods in the 5 county Sacramento area, CHS is the number one high school! There is only one school with similar demographics that also ranked high (9) compared to all high schools in the state. It is Cesar Chavez HS in Delano Joint Union HS District, Kern County.

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2012
Bottom line, this school gets a bad rap. The campus isn't flashy like it's Folsom counterparts, and the community that attends there definitely covers the racial and socioeconomic spectrum a lot wider as well. That being said, a large number of the teachers there are alumni, or would teach no where else. Both of my kids have gone there, they are both incredibly involved, and aside from the high school drama found anywhere, there have been no serious issues. Like everywhere, there is trouble to be found, but it isn't looking for you. The legacy of this school is something to be proud of, and amazing things are happening there all that time. It's a great community of caring students and faculty.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2012
Soon to be an International Baccalaureate School. It's nice to see an interationally accalimed program to be adopted at this well deserving high school. Less than 200 IB World Schools in California, and there's one in our region. IB Schools have to go through a difficult application process in order to become a world IB School. Cordova will be giving it's first IB certificates to the class of 2014. Very highly recommended school. Beautiful large campus, open grass fields with trees. Only school in our region that has an outdoor amphitheater that seats a whole school. FCUSD is in the process of reshining their prized gem of the decades. Shall be great in the years to come.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2012
I graduated in 94 and Cordova is a wonderful school. Best year of my life.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2011
Best school I had ever been to... the most greatest moments in life Happen there..great people who live it up,fun classes,big enough to enjoy,this school knows how to have fun."once a lancer,always a lancer"

- submitted by a student
May 10, 2011
I was a student at the school and thank god my family took me out of this school before my third year I went to Homestead high school in Cupertino Ca I loved that school, I tracked from. I was there first and second year. I got stuck with a old looking, unsafe school. I felt so ashamed and not safe by the school. There was one teacher in prepciular was a amazing history teacher. The school learning just sucked in academics and only thing turely cared about was football. They high gradution rate but non existence college rate. I went to that school but I felt I was a lancer but at homestead high school I feel I am a mustang for life. Class of 2010 of Homestead High School!!!

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2011
i think it is a good school and i think it is a good location

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2010
I remember it as being the most incredible part of becoming a man who would later decide to become a teacher.

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May 12, 2010
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March 26, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
I definitely LOVE this school, i believe that there are some some children that are not the best role models, but they DO NOT make up most of the student body... the students at Cordova High School are loving and caring, the teachers are amazing too, although there are some teachers that can help A LOT more the school has after school tutoring available for all subjects that the school teaches. The School Spirit is very high especially during Homecoming. This school also has a great History being one of the older schools in Rancho cordova 'The Lancers' take pride in what they do and always never disappoint.

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February 21, 2010
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- submitted by a student
February 17, 2010
Cordova is a great school. It has much diversity and many opportunites for going to college. The faculty cares a lot about students learning. Go Big Red!!! c/o 2013

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
November 02, 2009
Cordova is an amazing school. I transferred this fall as a Junior and thought CHS was a bad school, but after my first day I had totally changed my mind. Cordova just has a bad rep for who knows what reason. The teachers are incredible, sports, clubs and student government is beyond great. If you live in Rancho, (or not) Cordova is the place to go! :-)

- submitted by a student
no rating August 21, 2009
i love it to its the best place to raise kids and the schools are great

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February 11, 2009
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January 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 17, 2008
Cordova is a wonderful school compared to some others I've been to. My mom graduated in '92 which was a huge inspiration for me to do the same. She even knew Mr. Wells!!!!!

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November 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
cordova is the best place that i've ever been to. i love it and the people there. i would do it all over again if given the chance. goooo c/o 2008!!

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September 15, 2008
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July 26, 2008
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May 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 16, 2008
I am a parent of a Cordova HIgh school student. At fierst I was not so sure of my daughter goping to a school with -not the best reputation- but now after three years that my daughter has attended that cordova i have change my mind. Cordova used to be a power hose. Built by the pride honor and respect of the students,teachers,faculty and parents. Now it has been moraly niglected and students do not feel the same. but it still has honorable teachers that support our students and the fact that they come from cordova. my daughter calls herself 'lucky ' to be a lancer. and is part off a group of students dedicated to keep up lancer pride.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2007
Alot of people rag on CORDOVA. I think that the people that do are the ones who never tried in class, ditched rallys, and looked for trouble. We have a spirited and diverse school, with awesome acedemic and extracurricular activities. Comments like that bring a distorted image of CORDOVA.CORDOVA brings the community together. GO BIG RED!

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2007
Very impressive. Principal and staff are very caring, and are very involved with the success of the children.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
I graduated from Cordova in '03 and now I'm sending my brother-in-law there because he was failing at his previous school and I know he'll have a better opportunity at Cordova. I am a military brat and I have been to many schools (rich, poor and government funded). I was a little disillusioned when I started at Cordova, but the teachers that I had taught me so much. I admit some of the teachers shouldn't be educators, but if anyone ever has a problem with the teaching then moving a student to another class was never a problem (as it is in other schools). The staff makes a point of trying to be accomodating. The diversity is important because it helps foster acceptance and understanding among the students. I am about to finish a B.A. degree from CSUS and I owe my success to Cordova.

- submitted by a former student
September 18, 2007
I was at the school, and the entire time I was there, I didn't feel like I was learning anything of real use, despite the fact that these were similar classes to my previous years. In fact, I voluntarily took some of them over again since I had not learned some properly in the past, and I ended up learning less in Cordova than in any of my other high schools. As far as I know, there were few parents involved, and the art programs seemed to be only when teachers felt like they wanted to take the time to plan things. All in all, I think there are better schools the students of the area could go to.

- submitted by a former student
August 31, 2007
Cordova High School is a wonderful school. I was very impressed at the latest technology they use in the classrooms. The teachers are great, very motivated and enthusiastic. There is a plethora of opportunity for our children at Cordova High.

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May 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2007
Cordova is a pretty great school. It is getting diverse every year which is great because you get to learn about different cultures and religions. For sports, cordova does not only focus on football,yeah its known for that, but it also focuses on the sport that you play for whatever season it is such as tennis, soccer, basketball, etc. Academics wise,its great as well because the teachers get involved with the students if the students are failing, okay with grades, and with great grades. Basically the teachers care if the students pass or not. Its easy to focus on school knowing that there is no drama and problems of any kind are rare to occur. So I say again, cordova is a pretty great school and I would have my child go here someday.

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2007
Cordova is an excellent school, teachers try hard to help, and us as students try to listen and understand. I do think that more parents should get involved and listen to their children and their different objections and their ideas.

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December 04, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 08, 2006
This school was awesome! Small community so by the time you get to high school you know everyone. The teachers care about the students, you just have to care about your education. When I went ther I was in honors classes, and I am now at UC Davis, so you can definitely be successful! Very diverse which is great. You just have ot care.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
In response to most of the comments that are negative. If you look hard enough at any school you will find the worst in it. All schools are known for specifics Cordova just happens to be football. The teachers and counselors get as involved as parents do. I have struggled with my child, but the faculty has stepped up and has been and will continue to work with us till graduation. As an Alumni I am thrilled that my daughters attend the same school

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
I went to to Cordova high, it is the best school. it is not the teachers fault if the kids do not asks for help, or focus in class. It is the students fault for hanging out with their friends Catherine Gazi

- submitted by a former student
July 15, 2006
This is the worst school ever! All the teachers are do not know how to teach. The kids all go in to their own clicks and talk to no one alse. There is zero parent involvement. Academic is just as bad, the only thing is football and if you do that you are a hero to all at this school (in teacher's minds).

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May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
The academic programs at this school are horrible. The sports(football) are basically the center of the school. The level of parent involvement is pathetic. I hate this school.

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September 22, 2005
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August 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
A mulitcultural school. Focused on getting the students through. If the students are dedicated and driven they will have a good experience, otherwise they will just get through.

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February 02, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2005
I do not like the school no communication w/ parents/teachers. Can nit reach any one by phone and my student was not failing till we attented this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2004
Cordova has great teachers who really care about their students and they really get involved with them and make them think. Cordova has a great staff who are truly concerned about the well being of the students. Overall it is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2004
My education at Cordova wasn't the best acadeic education I could have gotten. Lots of kids fall through the cracks. But the sheer diversity of the student body is an unbelievable experience, and just about makes up for Cordova's shortcomings. The Cordova students I know where so used to diversity and so resourceful that they did better in college than many people who went to 'better' schools. Cordova looks and sounds like a UN meeting- people from all over the world. Nothing can compare to growing up and learning in that environment. But safety, dicipline and most importantly funding were big problems, despite a very dedicated faculty.

- submitted by a former student
June 02, 2004
A professional educator, I was given the opportunity to visit this school, teach students, and observe faculty in action. This school has extremely serious perpetuating challenges. While rich in student diversity and school history, there is far too much wide-ranging latitude in student expectation and outcomes. This school pretends to play itself as another 'shopping mall high school'; unfortunately, in the process, academic rigorousness is diluted, and integrity of learning is compromised. Too many students are seduced by the multiple-variety, superficial, easy credit, conspicuous consumption classes offered, instead of what they will really need in their future. Cordova's learning academies are great, provided core educational processes are universal. But they aren't. Where other high schools can proudly announce at graduation the college/university, military branch, or other after-graduation step in a students' educational journey, too many Cordova High students blankly wander across the graduation stage to their future of unpreparedness and uncertainty.

- submitted by a teacher
May 05, 2004
In October 2003 a teacher wrote that; their only complaint is parent involvement. I graduated in 1973 and in those days we had a great parents group. But in 1983 I came back to work with the parents and for the district at CORDOVA and found that with few exceptions I/We were not able to get help from home, or parents. It is not that the school did not try, but, rather parents did not want to 'Get Involved'. this is a very sad comentary for what was once a great school. I am now retired in Florida and still follow Cordova, but, I am dissapointed in the way it has run down, lost student pride, and parent pride. Now is the time for everyone to wake up and pitch in and save our students, our school, and our pride.

- submitted by a former student
March 31, 2004
I am not a Parent but a Alumni for the 2003 class. Cordova is a reat school but has lost its pride. Now, it's time to put money in books and classes than, millions on a football and basketball stadium and gym. And I believe that Teachers and most of all Counselors should be pushing students to achieve more than entering Junior College. That's all teahcers and students want is Junior College. Past three yes 80% of student either entered into a J.C. Or the Army. I played football for four years and basketball. I thought that school was all about sports, but it's not. 'More Money For Schools.'

- submitted by a former student
February 16, 2004
Cordova is a great school, full of diversity and school spirit.The school is quite old and in need of restoration, but schools are meant for learning not for beauty pangents. In my time at Cordova I learned many lessons and skills rarely learned in life. The teachers are fun and disciplined and often become role models for their students. While attending Cordova your child will learn more than math and science they will learn how to interact with a diverse range of people, and gain the skills neccessary to achieve great things in the world.

- submitted by a former student
February 03, 2004
I'm disgusted at all these misguided people who blindly put 5 stars down as their 'opinion'. They're ruining the credibility of those of us who have actually seen nicer schools, and expect a decent education. I spent half of my time at school in the San Juan District. When I was forced to go to this excuse for a school, I was and still am appalled. Is Cordova a diverse school? yes. Do we have great teachers? sure. But to say that it's enjoyable or even mildly pleasant?! I have been more emotionally scarred at this campus than I have at home!

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2004
Cordova is a wonderful high school. Which is full of spirit, discipline, and love. As a member of the schools marching band I think that we are one of the most unified schools around. Yeah the school is old, but the campus is beautiful. We have an awesome football program, and the teachers are incredible.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2003
I have to carry books back and forth every day because my fellow students take it upon themselves to vandalize the books supplied to us.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2003
As a teacher, I am proud to be a Lancer. If I would have a complaint, it'd be parent involvement. I work with the teachers and see what they do, and I see what some parents don't do. What a diverse crowd of down to earth students, an excellent football team, and a continuous upgrade of an already beautiful campus.

- submitted by a teacher
October 14, 2003
What has happend to our great school? I went to Cordova High and graduated in 1987. Cordova High was rated one of the best schools in the Sacramento area. My child now attends Cordova High School which is rated very, very poorly. Our school class rooms look outdated, old and rundown. We have very low test scores. The principal, counslers and teachers seem very slow at handling everyday questions let alone problems. We need better leadership at Cordova. Parents need to get involved. We need to take back our Cordova Lancer pride and make our school a better place for our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2003
Cordova is the best high school in Sacramento!

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2003
This school has a problem with the vice principals and the security staff yelling at students. The security staff are a big joke and the people in charge let them get away with yelling and using profane language at the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
This school is so worried about the baddies it just lacks focus on the over all well being of the entire school. Please get this school some help. And some good nurses,and counselors there seems to be a couple of personnal who are questionable.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I went to Cordova High myself, and I love that school, it is absolutely the best! GO LANCERS!

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2003
My daughter went to Cordova in her freshman year and I have to say it was one of the worst experiences she has ever had. Fights, teacher not knowing their own subject matter. She watched more movies in her classes than I let her watch at home. She is now in her second week at her new high school and she feels safe and challenged.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I am a graduate of Cordova High School the class of 79. I just want to say that my 3 years at Cordova were the best! I would not have had the same experience at any other high school. The class of 79 had so much spirit and the rallies were a highlight of each and every game! The teachers enlightened our day with their talents of teaching and some even added a little humor. I would also like to add that we had the best football team in northern California. GO LANCERS! I am proud to be a Cordova High School graduate as well as my brother and sister, class of 81 and 83. I can only wish that every student that goes to Cordova or who attended Cordova High has or had the same experience that I had.

- submitted by a former student
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API has gone up over 100 points in the last 5 years. The school provides a caring, safe and academic atmosphere with an emphasis on college and career planning. We value our diversity and our history of positive relations among all students. Many current students have parents and grandparents who graduated from CHS, and many staff members are also alums. It's a great place to work and learn!

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Cordova High School
2239 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA  95670
(916) 294-2450
Last modified Cordova High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cordova High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top